Texas Tech University

Shirley Matteson named interim associate dean

Robert Stein

September 30, 2019

Shirley Matteson

In her role, Matteson will oversee research and professional development.

Associate Professor Shirley Matteson was named interim associate dean for research and faculty/staff development in the Texas Tech University College of Education. Her appointment is effective Tuesday (Oct. 1).

Matteson is an associate professor of middle level education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), where she has also served as the graduate advisor. Since the spring, Matteson has served as associate chair of the Department of Education Psychology and Leadership (EP&L).

The duties of the associate dean role include cultivating individual and collaborative research agendas and activities, supporting the work of the college's centers and institutes and overseeing the mentoring and professional development for all faculty and staff. Matteson will serve in an interim capacity while a search is conducted for a permanent associate dean.

"I am humbled at being selected to fill the associate dean position," Matteson said. "My work as graduate advisor for C&I and associate chair of EP&L were essential in preparing me to step into this role. I look forward to supporting faculty and staff in their research efforts and assisting in their professional development endeavors."

Matteson's research interests include mathematical representations, teacher preparation and professional development, thinking structures and the teaching of thinking. She earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from Texas A&M University.

Prior to arriving at Texas Tech, Matteson taught for 27 years in public schools as a band director and math teacher. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescence/mathematics and also a member of the Teaching Academy at Texas Tech University.